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Ely police officer indicted for criminal sexual conduct with teenage girl

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A police officer in Ely has been indicted by a grand jury on one count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.

Sgt. Jason Allen Carlson, 37, of Aurora, Minnesota, is alleged to have engaged in sexual conduct with a girl aged at least 16 but less than 18 years old, according to the St. Louis County Attorney.

This occurred "while he was in a position of authority over her," the press release says, and was believed to have been committed some time during December 2014.

Carlson is a 10-year veteran of Ely Police Department, where he serves as a patrol sergeant.

He appeared for an arraignment in Virginia Friday where the grand jury indictment was unsealed. Bail was set by Judge Gary Pagliaccetti at $15,000, with Carlson referred for supervised release.

His next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 21.

Ely Police Chief John Lahtonen told the Star Tribune that the sergeant remains on paid administrative leave, as has been the case since the allegations have emerged.

He did not comment further.

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